Colorado Style

I recently read an article that said Colorado Springs is the second least fashionable city in America. While I feel the need to fight and say Colorado Springs isn’t less fashionable than a place like Milwaukee, (I feel like being a fit city has to account for something, I saw far fewer overweight sweat suites here than I did in my time in Wisconsin) I won’t claim this is a remotely fashionable city.

I like to think I do my part to raise the bar occasionally, but sometimes simple statement is better. This is a perfect example of looking like I belong in Colorado, but not succumbing to the masses. Maybe it’s just the red pants, but it works, I think:

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(faux) chambray – thrifted. Vest – Merrell, from my pro-deal days. Pants: Marshalls, Boots – 6pm. Necklace – Yobel Market
 

This outfit is perfect for all the random fall-esque events you can do out here in Colorado. Campfires, Manitou Springs people watching, bike brewery tours, you know, the usual.

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Waldo Canyon Fire

Another excuse for nothing new. Though I haven’t been inherently busy, I have been preoccupied with a rather large distraction to my city. If you haven’t heard anything about the Waldo Canyon Fire, google it to catch up. An unprecedented fire causing major destruction Tuesday night, and many more homes still in harms way.

Making/photographing helps me process, so I regret to say I turned into a bit of a gawker, but I tried to do so in a safe, rule-following, out of the way fashion. Here are a few pics from the past few days:

Day 2 picture, fire coming over first ridge into view of city.

Fire on the mountainside. Viewed from downtown.

Smoke beginning to consume the city, I had no idea at the time that fire was consuming the front slope.

My city on fire.

Ash the next morning. Possibly the page of a magazine, traveled 10 miles through the air from someone’s home.

Additional Photos Here if you are interested.

It has been emotional, surreal, and draining. Many friends are evacuated, some unsure if they have a home to go back to. They are predicting this will take at least a few more weeks to contain, not sure if that changed after the burst the other night. My beautiful skyline will be altered for years to come, and peoples lives will never be the same.

If you are the praying kind, please join us in praying for rain!

Vacation love: Santa Fe, Great Sand Dunes, mystery aspen grove

We took a relatively spur of the moment vacation before the summer got too crazy. It was unorganized, last minute, unplanned, and absolutely GLORIOUS. Love the chance to take photos without purpose…

Santa Fe, NM

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Random small camp site in the middle of an aspen grove in Pikes National Forest.

 

DIYly Wed

I grew up surrounded by a family of creatives and penny-pinchers. In that environment how could I not become a compulsive DIYer? To this day I’ll be somewhere with my mom, and we look closely at something it is less often to see the quality of it, and more often to figure out how it was made. This trait came out in full force as I began to plan my wedding, and though I didn’t end up making my own dress (yes, I considered), below are many of the hand-made elements from our wedding. Hopefully I will eventually share how I made them!
 
 

(Brian Markham Photography, Denver based photography, he was fantastic!)